Adult and Juvenile Competence and Criminal Responsibility Evaluations (Telephone CLE)

Friday, May 17, 2013 (12:00 PM - 1:00 PM)

Presented by the Government Practice Section of the ISBA

Registration link can be found on the right side of this page.

Adult and Juvenile Competence and Criminal Responsibility Evaluations
(Webinar CLE)

Friday, May 17
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Dr. Tracy Thomas

What makes for a high-quality evaluation of competence to proceed? What indicators suggest an insufficient evaluation and what are the subtle ways in which a high-level forensic evaluation can be differentiated from one that is simply adequate? This talk will highlight aspects of the forensic evaluation process and forensic report that lawyers should be attuned to, including the appropriate use of psychological and forensic assessment instruments, diagnosis, forensic versus clinical case conceptualization, assessment of psycho-legal abilities, interpretation of legal terms and standards, and the evaluative work product. This talk will increase participants’ awareness of the key components of a quality forensic evaluation and provide participants with information needed to make effective decisions in choosing a forensic evaluator and challenging forensic reports in cases of competence to proceed.

Dr. Tracy Thomas is a licensed clinical psychologist employed with the State of Iowa. She currently works as the evaluator for the Civil Commitment Unit for Sexual Offenders (CCUSO) and provides consultation services to the Cherokee Mental Health Institute (CMHI) in evaluating competence to proceed, risk for violence, and general clinical-psychological issues.

CLE CREDIT (approved)
1 state hour

ISBA Government Practice Section Member - $20
(As an ISBA Member, you may join the ISBA Government Practice Section for $15. Please call ISBA Membership Director Mary Hill at 515-697-7870 to join)
ISBA Member - $40
Non-ISBA Member - $60

Any materials related to this telephone CLE, as well as joining instructions, will be sent via email days prior to the event. ISBA members, please make sure we have your most up-to-date email address by
updating your records.

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